May 032016
 

Balancing business and family can be fun

Whether you call yourself a solo-preneur, a work-from-home mom, or a direct seller: you started a business for reasons that were important to you, right? I think it’s important to regularly review those reasons.

Why did you start your business? To set your own schedule, to make more money, to have more freedom?  To serve people in a brand new way? To share a unique product, message or service? To provide opportunity to others?

For the past several years I’ve had the opportunity to work with lots of women in direct sales. I love it.  I’m part of a four-generation direct-selling family; the challenges in this type of work make sense to me. An added bonus? I admire people who achieve success in what can be a very difficult type of work. I try to use what I learn from them to increase book sales.

Authors and direct sellers have a lot in common. We can learn a lot from one another. For example, while many people choose to work from home to create a better work-life balance, we also sometimes struggle with creating  boundaries. How do you figure out what’s flexible enough for “home” but professional enough for business? And when being near the kids is a high priority, setting limits about office hours can really push that “guilty parent button.”

Too many people apologize for their home-based business or for carving out the time they need to write. They speak to  others in a way that lacks confidence. Perhaps they don’t realize that home-based businesses contribute over $500 billion a year to the U.S. economy. And authors? Apparently the industry is growing so quickly it’s hard to count: 500,000 to 1,000,000 new books are published in the U.S.

As you can see from the picture (my friend Lisa Wilber and her daughter) growing up in a family business can be a great way for kids to learn about  confidence, creativity, keeping  a positive attitude and problem-solving. (Lisa is also an author.)

Authors and direct sellers who take what they do seriously enough to get the support they need — and run a business like a business — pass along those lessons every single day.

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Hey… what if your team doesn’t need more training or motivation? What if all they need is to learn how to stop stopping themselves? To turn that #InnerCritic into a source of strength? Check out The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head on Amazon. Or contact me about wholesale opportunities or doing a training call with your team.

 

 

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Apr 192016
 

Ahhh, April…  While most are waxing poetic about showers and flowers, some of us are up to our eyeballs in awareness activities. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, Child Abuse Awareness Month, Autism Awareness Month, Sexual Violence Awareness Month…

For a time in my life, I was privileged to work with people who were experiencing difficulties as a result of one or more of these devastating circumstances.  Since starting as an advocate I’ve had many opportunities to learn about courage, resilience, and healing.  And, while I realize not everyone is touched by addiction and violence, we all have issues, injuries or illnesses from which we hope to heal. Here’s a little encouragement for anyone on a healing journey.

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Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. – Henri Nouwen

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Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.  – Sai Baba

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. – Hippocrates

The trauma said, ‘Don’t write these poems.
Nobody wants to hear you cry about the grief inside your bones.
― Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase

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Allopathic doctors used to laugh condescendingly at those who posited that psychological, emotional and spiritual factors were important contributors to the sickness as well as healing of the body. – Marianne Williamson

There is so much division in this world. So what is really the path of healing? It can begin in this moment, by embracing the life that’s here. – Tara Brach

Please feel free to add some of your favorite healing thoughts in the comments.

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Sometimes our thinking is what needs to be healed.  The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head….  a little book full of big ideas about how — and why — you can learn to love “that voice.”   The Inner Critic Advantage is now available on Amazon.

 

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